Rio Ferdinand picks out ‘inspirational’ unsung Arsenal hero after Chelsea draw

first_imgRio Ferdinand picks out ‘inspirational’ unsung Arsenal hero after Chelsea draw Xhaka put in a shift (Picture: AMA/Getty)Xhaka added: ‘We played very well after the red card. So difficult, but we showed great team spirit. We were speaking at half time that we can do it and we came twice back so I am very proud of this team.‘After this game nobody will have to speak about us. We showed big character. A lot of people say we have no character in the team, so after this game we showed we have.‘I hope centre-back is not my new position, but the gaffer knows I can play there. I tried to help the team, and the guys around me made it easy for me today.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Ferdinand hailed Xhaka (Picture: Visionhaus)Rio Ferdinand hailed Granit Xhaka for his ‘inspirational’ performance in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea, praising his fighting spirit.Xhaka was forced to move to centre-half after David Luiz was sent off for a challenge on Tammy Abraham – who had been put through on goal courtesy of an error by Shkodran Mustafi – with Arsenal a man and a goal down after Jorginho slotted home the resulting penalty.Gabriel Martinelli got the Gunners back on level terms after a lung-busting sprint from inside his own half but Cesar Azpilicueta seemed to put the game out of reach for Mikel Arteta’s side with just six minutes of normal time remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal right-back Hector Bellerin had other ideas, curling in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box, but Ferdinand picked out Xhaka – a player he’s been critical of in the past – for special praise for his ability to adapt and show leadership in an awkward situation for his side.ADVERTISEMENT‘I’ve criticised Xhaka,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport: But how he showed that desire, the maturity, the mentality to slip into the back-four and hold it all together was amazing.‘That’s inspirational for other players. I’m shifting position and making sure we get this result. Fight, spirit. It was there for Arteta to see there.’Arteta said of Xhaka and Bellerin’s contributions: ‘When you are willing, when you have the spirit and you have the attitude to play anywhere on the pitch and step up rather than compalining. They stepped up and tried to help the team as much as possible.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Penn State continues dominance in Big Ten conference as Waite’s squad looks for positives in otherwise disappointing weekend

first_imgPositives for the BadgersAlthough they were swept, there were a few positives coming out of the Penn State match for the Badgers. Wisconsin was only one of a handful of teams to break 20 points against the Nittany Lions and the first to score 20 on them in two sets.“I thought they played well, but they always play well against us,” Penn State head coach Russ Rose said. “I don’t look at the records. I know it’s Wisconsin, and I know they have players on their team that have beaten us previously. We have lost here before, and our players know this is a place where you are always going to get the other team’s best effort.”The Badgers saw a big game from Wack, who led the team with eight kills and had a .294 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Morgan Salow had another big game off the bench with seven kills, including four in the third set.“There are a lot of positives out of this,” sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “Obviously we wanted to get the win. But Penn State is a good team. … I thought it was really good coming out and to start competing after a losing weekend.”Penn State looks to continue its dominanceAfter sweeping the Badgers Friday, the Nittany Lions won against Northwestern in straight sets Sunday.Penn State is yet to lose a set this year. They have only allowed two Big Ten teams to go over 20 points against them in a set, and Wisconsin was the first to do so in two different sets.However, baring a major setback, the Lions will continue to dominate opponents in the second half of the season.“Teams lose for a variety of reasons,” Rose said. “Sometimes it’s health, sometimes it’s dissension, sometimes it’s lack of effort. And probably the most prevalent reason is you don’t play as well as the other team does. We are very confident in some situations, and I think when we are able to pass the ball well, we are able to put a lot of stress on the other teams in a lot of different areas of the court.” When a team faces an opponent that leads its conference in five of seven major categories, it is going to be a struggle.The Badgers, who are 14-8 (4-6 Big Ten) after Sunday’s loss against Indiana, experienced just that in their loss in straight sets to the Nittany Lions 25-20, 25-16, 25-21.Penn State came into the game as the No.1 team in the nation and led the Big Ten in most categories. On offense, the Nittany Lions were able to hit .349 while limiting the Badgers to only a .100 hitting percentage.“When you come up against a team that is hitting the ball that hard, I mean, every server on their side is hitting heat,” outside hitter Allison Wack said. “So [we were] just trying to do the best we could to get around them. Sometimes you can’t always be there, and you try to make the best play you can. But they are definitely a strong serving team as well as their [strong] offense.”Penn State was led by senior middle hitter Christa Harmotto, who had 10 kills and an unheard of .692 hitting percentage. Going into the match, Harmotto led the nation in hitting percentage, averaging .512. Senior outside hitter Nicole Fawcett also contributed 17 kills, including 10 in the third set.last_img read more

Microsoft screws up Windows patching even more

first_imgMicrosoft screws up Windows patching even more by Martin Brinkmann on April 12, 2017 in Windows – 58 commentsYesterday was the April 2017 Patch Day, and it marked the end not only of Windows Vista support, but also of the Security Bulletins system.It was also the month where Microsoft’s blocking of updates on devices running 7th generation silicon on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is up in full swing.We talked about Microsoft’s decision to block updates on Windows 7 or 8.1 machines with 7th generation Kaby Lake or Ryzen processors before.Microsoft’s reasoning is that the latest hardware requires the latest version of Windows for support. It should not come as a surprise that Microsoft recommends that users upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 for continued support of the new processor generation.The company rolled out updates in March that would block Windows Update from working correctly on systems with 7th generation cpus.Back to the April 2017 Patch Day. The first screw up by Microsoft on the aforementioned Patch Day was that the company’s blocking of updates for systems with 7th generation processors suddenly blocked a 6th generation cpu as well as reported by Woody first.Microsoft notes:If the PC uses an AMD Carrizo DDR4 processor, installing this update (KB 4015549 (the Win7 Monthly Rollup), KB 4015546 (the Win7 Security-Only patch), KB 4015550 (the Win8.1 Monthly Rollup), KB 4015547 (the Win8.1 Security-Only patch) will block downloading and installing future Windows updates.Microsoft is working on a solution, apparently.Microsoft’s Lifecycle Policy Faq has this to say about AMD Carrizo processors. Under What is the support policy for prior generations of processors and chipsets on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 it writes:Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will continue to be supported for security, reliability, and compatibility on prior generations of processors and chipsets under the standard lifecycle for Windows. This includes most devices available for purchase today by consumers or enterprises and includes generations of silicon such as AMD’s Carrizo and Intel’s Broadwell and Haswell silicon generations.This is remarkable. Not only is Microsoft blocking a 6th generation PC (temporary or not), it also highlights that the update blocking patches are included in the security-only update as well.The distinction between security and monthly rollup patches should be clear, but it is not. Security-only updates should only include security patches (and updates for those patches), while the monthly rollups should include everything. Microsoft pushes non-security updates to the security-only update packages however.Microsoft’s decision to include the cpu blocking update in the security-only update ensures that updates will be blocked for good on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines running 7th generation processors.Are workaround available to install future patches on affected systems? I don’t have access to a 7th generation cpu, and cannot say therefore if third-party update solutions will continue to work.  It is clear that you should not install the patches that include the blocking code obviously.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft screws up Windows patching even moreDescriptionYesterday was the April 2017 Patch Day, and it marked the end not only of Windows Vista support, but also of the Security Bulletins system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “We want to win it to send a message, and they want to win it to send a message because we both realize that we’re probably going to play each other again,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said, adding that otherwise the approach to this game does not change even if it’s a playoff preview.And why should it? There’s no doubt the Cardinals would rather not empty their bag of tricks Sunday, preferring to save a few things for Round 2. But before the Cardinals can even think about the playoffs, they need to determine their seed. They know that, and are well aware of what a win Sunday would mean.In a season filled with franchise firsts and records, a victory would mark another step toward Santa Clara.“It’s a huge setup for a first-round bye,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “Two wins to get in the Super Bowl instead of three; I’d rather go two instead of three, and for us, we want to get a home field game. We know how great our crowd is and how well we play at home. But at the end of the day, none of that matters if we don’t take care of Sunday.”Some stories for pre-game readingIn case you missed it, the Cardinals were the last team in the NFL to have a 12-win season. “It’s a good opportunity for us to win this week and you never know would could happen with the one seed, or whatever the situation is, and we could play all the games here at home if it turns out the right way,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “So it’s real big for us to get it this week so we don’t have to depend or hope going into the last week of the season that they slip up or something.“Nobody in the league wants to go to Green Bay in January, so if we can stay here in this great Arizona weather — which has been cold to me the past month or so — it would be better for us.”He’s not wrong.With all that said, this game does present an interesting scenario, for both teams.Though they are not guaranteed to see each other again, the fact that it could happen adds an extra layer of intrigue to Sunday’s matchup. What happens Sunday would have absolutely no bearing on what transpires in the postseason, other than possibly the location of the game, yet the winner will have that extra bit of confidence should they meet again. After all, if the Cardinals beat the Packers Sunday, why can’t they do it again, and if the Packers pull off the upset once, who is to say they can’t do it twice? Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories This season, the Cardinals are set to face the Packers in a Week 16 tilt that could be a preview of the divisional round, at least if things go as many expect them to. However, unlike six years ago, do not expect Arizona to ease up in any way. The starters will play and the playbook will be vast. There’s still too much at stake.“I hope so,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if it enters his mind at all that these teams could meet again in the playoffs. “No, we’ve got to win. We’ve got to win so we do see them again, hopefully at our place.”That’s the key.With a win, the Cardinals would secure a first-round bye in the postseason, likely as the NFC’s No. 2 seed, and with that comes a home game in the division round. Then, if the conference’s No. 1 seed — presumably the Carolina Panthers — loses in the divisional round, the Cardinals could host the NFC Championship Game.With a loss, well, they could still end up as the second seed, though the situation would be a bit more precarious and there would be a chance the Cardinals could fall to the conference’s third seed, which would mean playing at home in the Wild Card round before hitting the road the following week, likely heading to Wisconsin.center_img As his role has increased, so has David Johnson’s confidence.I wrote that losing Tyrann Mathieu hurts, but does not kill the Cardinals.The Cardinals had seven players named to the Pro Bowl. Some think they should have had an eighth.Arizona has no choice but to move on without Tyrann Mathieu.Craig Morgan wrote on how facing the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers presents a litmus test for Carson Palmer.Bruce Arians received a pretty cool Christmas present courtesy of Patrick Peterson.Miscellany-With a win Sunday, the Cardinals would improve to 25-5 against non-NFC West teams under Bruce Arians as well as have at least one victory over every NFC team since 2013.-The Cardinals are two touchdowns away from establishing a new franchise record for touchdowns in a season. The current mark is 53, and it was set in 1948.-Larry Fitzgerald’s first reception will be his 100th on the season and would make Fitz the ninth player in NFL history to record at least 100 catches in at least three different seasons.-Fitzgerald is five catches away from breaking his own franchise record for receptions in a season, which he set at 103 in 2005.-Carson Palmer is one touchdown pass away from setting a new career high for touchdown passes in a season. His current top mark of 32 was previously set in Cincinnati in 2005. -With 307 passing yards, Palmer would pass Kurt Warner for second place on the franchise single-season passing yardage list. The franchise record of 4,614 was set by Neil Lomax in 1984.-If David Johnson runs for 100 or more yards he would become the third rookie in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in consecutive games.-Receiver John Brown is 67 yards away from 1,000 on the season.-Kicker Chandler Catanzaro is 12 points away from establishing a new franchise record for points in a season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — In 2009, the Arizona Cardinals finished their regular season against a Green Bay Packers team they were set to face the following week in the Wild Card Round of the NFC playoffs.It was an odd situation, and with nothing on the line and not wanting to show the Packers anything that could be a factor in the playoffs, the Cardinals — for the most part — rested their starters and ran a vanilla game plan en route to a 33-7 loss. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more